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Some Boulder County Students Will Have Long, Bumpy Ride To School

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) - Another sign of recovery from the flooding will come Monday morning when students will head back to class at many schools.

Beginning Monday a ride to school on a bus will become an epic journey for students who live in any one of the Boulder County canyons damaged by the floods.

"It takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours I think to make its way down, the bus down, because we have to go the long way around," said Dr. Bruce Messinger, Boulder Valley School Superintendent.

A bus will pick students up in Nederland at 5:38 a.m. and shuttle them to Boulder by an alternate route while roadways are still damaged and closed. Their estimated arrival at Boulder High School is at 7:27 a.m. and from there they'll board more buses to take them to their specific schools.

"Our expectation is that it's just a service and so we understand if students choose not to take advantage of it or choose to continue their education from home," Messinger said.

Students can elect to homeschool but the district says getting back in to a classroom might be the best support for students who may no longer have a place to call home.

"We do believe the routine of getting back in to school, being with faculty and around counselors and support systems in the schools are pretty important," Messinger said.

While students are shuttled to Boulder, faculty needed in Nederland will ride their own shuttle to schools there, the same long journey in an attempt to get back to normal.

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.


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